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Forty-niner in Utah, Bibliography page 209

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Title A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Jounral of John Hudson, 1848-50
Creator Hudson, John, 1826-1850
Subject Frontier and pioneer life; Letters; Diaries -- Authorship; Mormons
Subject Local Mormons --Utah--Biography; Frontier and pioneer life --Utah; West (U.S.) --Description and travel; Utah --Description and travel
Description John Hudson, artist and writer, chronicles his travels from New York City across the Plains towards California to partake in the Gold Rush. What was to have been a temporary stop in Salt Lake City stretches to sixteen months and includes participation in Captain Howard Stansbury's expedition of the Great Salt Lake.
Publisher Tanner Trust Fund University of Utah Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Contributors Madsen, Brigham D.; Cooley, Everett L.; Tyler, S. Lyman; Ward, Margery W.
Type Text
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Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah, the Mormons, and the West, no. 11
Coverage Time: 1848-50
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Source Physical Dimensions 14.75 cm x 23 cm
Source Characteristics Printed Hard Cover Book
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Kenning Arlitsch; Jan Robertson
ARK ark:/87278/s6v1242x
Topic Mormons; Frontier and pioneer life; United States, West; Utah; Letters; Diaries--Authorship
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x

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Title Forty-niner in Utah, Bibliography page 209
Description Bibliography To a historian accustomed to working with writers and materials concerned with the American Far West, the task of preparing notes to support and explain John Hudson's eight months' sojourn in the New York City of 1848-49 and his trip from the East to Kansas City has been a pleasant excursion into the fascinat- ing social, political, and economic life of the area and time. Hudson's wide- ranging interests in the cultural milieu of New York led to an examination of such delightful reminiscences as The Diary of George Templeton Strong, whose witty and incisive comments on his time have been presented to us through the efforts of the editors Allan Nevins and Milton H. Thomas. Of the many other sources used, special mention should also be made of Isaac N. I? Stokes's The Zconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909, and Ezekiel I? Belden's New York: Past, Present, and Future, A Description of Its Present Condition and an Estimate of Its Future Increase (1849). For the identification of individuals and firms referred to by Hudson, John Daggett's New York City Directory (1849) was most helpful as was the History and General Directory of the Borough of Birmingham (1849) for the English counterparts. And the New York Tribune and New York Herald provided the specifics for such things as the arrival and departure of ships and especially the particulars concerning the formation and bon voyage of the Colony Guard to California. As the eager argonauts set out for the West, Hudson was intrigued by the similarities between his journey and that of his famous countryman, Charles Dickens, seven years earlier. The young adventurer's references to the famous author's works led to a reading of Dickens's American Notes and two novels, Dombey and Son and The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. For descriptions of the various cities through which the Colony Guard passed, in addition to specific histories, the editor found much help from the various Guide books prepared in the 1930s under the Federal Writers' Projects or Programs of the Work Projects Administration. There seems to be a fascination with the story of steamboat travel on the western rivers, and while the bibliography lists the various books, particular mention should be focused on James Hall's The West, Its Commerce and Navigation (1848) which, as its title suggests, covers a much broader range of topics as well. At the edge of the plains, Hudson began keeping a journal which has been lost, and as a result, this segment of his journey remains obscured. Of all the sources examined which set the stage for the overland trek, the most colorful and informative was the Mormon newspaper, The Frontier Guardian. The actual crossing of the Continent by the Colony Guard has been saved from absolute anonymity by the references which J. Goldsborough Bruff made con- cerning the Guard in the famous account, Gold Rush: The ]ournals, Drawings, and Other Papers of J. Goldsborough gruff, April 2, 1849-July 20, 1851, edited by Georgia W. Read and Ruth Gaines. In Salt Lake Valley, various journals and diaries kept by Mormon pioneers were very helpful in giving background information about events and indi- viduals mentioned by Hudson. On the Mormon Frontier: The Diary of Hosea 209
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Source A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Journal of John Hudson, 1848-50
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 327881
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327881